2 May 2016
The Queen’s Birthday is celebrated every year in NSW in June with a public holiday. This year, the Queen’s Birthday public holiday falls on Monday, June 13, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about in Sydney. Take advantage of some of the city’s great events.
Experience Sydney’s largest arts and culture event at Vivid Sydney, a free event running from 27 May to 18 June which sees the city’s major landmarks illuminated in a stunning visual display; most famously, the sails of the Sydney Opera House are brought to life with coloured lights and animation. Vivid’s contemporary music program features performances from renowned international artists, while the Vivid Ideas program offers forums and workshops from creative industry leaders.
Head to Sydney Olympic Park for the Australian Badminton Open, part of a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation. This six-day tournament begins on June 7 and it’s the perfect opportunity to see the best of the best compete for a spot in the Super Series Master Finals, which offers prize money totalling half a million US dollars.
In Sydney’s west, don’t miss the Australian Ice Hockey League All-Star Weekend at Penrith Ice Palace, where the best ice hockey players in the Southern Hemisphere will compete in a series of skill-based challenges.
Or take part in True Grit, a military-style obstacle course featuring over 30 obstacles that will test your stamina and physical coordination. You can challenge yourself on a solo run, or round up your mates and take part as a team.
Trainspotters rejoice! The Transport Heritage Expo sees two of Australia’s oldest steam trains run on the tracks between Central and Strathfield, with the historic Mortuary Station open as well. Vintage double-decker buses will also traverse the Sydney CBD at this annual event.
If jazz is your bag, don’t miss Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips at the City Recital Hall. A completely original improviser and composer, she was playing with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at just 14 years of age. In this, her Sydney debut, you’ll hear everything from pure swing to high-energy rock.
Even in the winter, Sydney boasts plenty of sunshine. Pack a picnic and head to Bondi Beach to watch the surfers in action, or jump on the ferry at Circular Quay and take the kids to Manly or Watsons Bay for an unforgettable beach day out. Alternatively, head south to Cronulla for some surf and sand; ‘The Shire’ boasts some of Sydney’s best surf beaches.
A long weekend is the perfect time to indulge in a little bit of retail therapy – and luckily, there are plenty of weekend markets to enjoy. Check out Paddington Markets, a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon browsing the handmade and secondhand wares on offer. You can also find plenty of treasures at the Glebe Markets, which boasts more than 200 stalls, and a great selection of food, clothing and handicrafts.